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One of the easiest ways to get around Vietnam is with the open bus ticket. This system has been popular with travellers for decades and continues to improve in efficiency and comfort. Operating between all the popular destinations between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, the open bus ticket is the most affordable way to traverse the country.
The Vietnam open bus ticket system is simple: you buy one ticket at the start of your trip which allows you to hop between cities along Vietnam’s coast on your own schedule. A bus timetable comes with your ticket, so you simply call your bus company and tell them you’d like to travel the next day to x location and give them your ticket number. The ticket lets you travel for up to a month.
The Vietnam open bus route stops in the following cities and travels in both directions:
Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Phong Nha – Hue – Da Nang – Hoi An – Nha Trang – Da Lat – Mui Ne – Ho Chi Minh City
This is an example timetable:
|From||To||Departure time||Arrival Time||Kind of bus|
|Hanoi||Ninh Binh||17:30||20:00||Sleeper bus|
|Ninh Binh||Phong Nha
|Phong Nha||Hue||04:30||08:00||Sleeper bus|
|Hue||Da Nang||8:30||11:30||Sleeper bus|
|Hoi An||12:30||Sleeper bus|
|Da Nang||Hoi An||11:30||12:30||Sleeper bus|
|Hoi An||Nha Trang||18:00||06:00||Sleeper bus|
|Nha Trang||Da Lat||07:30||14:00||Seat bus|
|Mui Ne||15:00||Seat bus|
|Sai Gon||17:00||Seat bus|
|Da Lat||Sai Gon||07:30||15:00||Seat bus|
|Mui Ne||13:30||15:00||Seat bus|
|Mui Ne||Sai Gon||07:30||12:00||Seat bus|
With a month on your ticket, you could easily spend 3 days in each place but the beauty of the open ticket means you can spend longer in places you like and less time in those you don’t.
Compared to travelling in Vietnam by train or plane, the open bus ticket is really affordable. It is possible to pay only $50 for a ticket that takes you all the way from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh.
The Vietnam open bus ticket is cheap and convenient but not always the most comfortable way to travel. The driving style in Vietnam is very different to many other parts of the world and you should be prepared with travel sickness tablets and earplugs if you are prone to travel sickness or are a light sleeper. Using the horn is a favorite pastime of Vietnamese bus drivers and weaving through traffic is common.
There are 4 main companies for your trip on the way from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh city
– Queen Open bus, Hung Thanh bus, Camel bus: these companies’ tickets are cheap but also the service is not good. If you want to save your budget, you can choose to go with these one. The drivers and assistants cannot speak a lot of English and they don’t like speaking at all from our experiences.
– The Sinh Tourist Bus: The bus company is well-recognized in all part of Vietnam but also they’re a bit more expensive than above company. The tickets are around 25% higher than other companies. And they don’t have a stop in Phong Nha also.
We want to provide the very best travel experience to all visitors in Vietnam. Therefore, when you book your open bus ticket with us we guarantee support for every step of your journey. Whether you need help with the bus timetable, booking a specific bus or communicating with the driver, we are here to help. Whether by phone or by Facebook, we can answer any queries and even help you on your journey if you lose your ticket. We also open for you to choose the best companies for you to travel as well even with the Sinh Tourist Bus. You can always contact us for more information!